Celebrations of Life
SHARP, Ilda Pearl (nee Faint) In her 96th year, died peacefully in her home of over 60 years, surrounded by family on July 20, 2017. Predeceased in 2005 by Peter, her loving husband of 56 years. Wonderful mother of John (Mary-Coleen and the late Karen Steward), Trudey Nicklee (Brian), Donald (Diane) and Duncan (Jonty). Proud grandmother of Katie, Christopher (Krysta), Nicole, Graham, Shona, Kevin, David, Griffin and James. Sister-in-law to Cathy and Bill Smyth and friend to Patty Stewart. Predeceased by her 11 brothers and sisters: Clifford, Bertha Rumney, Ross, Bessie Hampton, Goldwin, Vera Walker, Annas Robinson, Winston, Wilfred, Dorothea Renney (Thompson) and Wray. Celebration of Life on Monday, July 31, 2017 at 11 a.m. in Jubilee United Church, 40 Underhill Drive, Toronto, M3A 2J5. Visitation with the family at Jubilee United Church on Sunday, July 30 from 7 – 9 p.m. and 10 – 11 a.m. prior to the service. Reception to follow at the Church. Special thanks to Natasha and the other health professionals who helped us keep Mom at home. In lieu of flowers, donations to Jubilee United Church or a charity of your choice.
SHAW, Ernie A Celebration of Life Service will be held at Jubilee United Church on Thursday, July 27 at 1 p.m. Visitation precedes at 12 p.m. Reception to follow.
FLETCHER, Jack Visitation with the Fletcher family will be held at Jubilee United Church on Tuesday, July 18 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Family Service will be held in Glencoe, Ontario on Wednesday, July 19.
ALCOCK, Joan Marilyn (nee RICHARDSON) It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Joan in her 86th year on Sunday, July 9, 2017 after suffering a massive stroke at her cottage. Beloved wife of Ron for 63 years, cherished mother of Scott (JoAnne), Kerry (Richard) and dearest grandmother of Mackenzie, Garrett, Blake, Wyatt, Brett and Zachary. Predeceased by her brother Murray and survived by her sister-in-law Carol. She will be greatly missed by dear friend Betty Barron and their Thursday afternoon tea of 60 years. Friends may call at the Ogden Funeral Home, 4164 Sheppard Ave. East in Scarborough, on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held at Jubilee United Church on 40 Underhill Drive, North York on Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 11 a.m., reception to follow at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations to be made to the Haliburton Highlands Health Services Foundation would be appreciated. Her prim & proper ways will be dearly missed.
VITALE, HELEN C. February 28, 1921 – March 29, 2017 Passed peacefully at North York General Hospital with her daughter at her side at the age of 96 years. Helen was predeceased by her husband John Vitale in 1996. She is survived by her children Janice Vitale and Jill Greenwood (David) and her grandchildren Adam and Michael Greenwood. Helen was born in Toronto and raised her family in Don Mills. She was an avid curler, golfer and a killer Scrabble player right into her 90s. She was a longtime member of Jubilee (formerly Donminster) United Church and sang in the choir for many years. Visitation will be at Paul O’Connor Funeral Home at 1939 Lawrence Ave. East, Toronto, on Friday, April 7, 2017 from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. A memorial service will be held at Jubilee United Church, 40 Underhill Dr., Toronto, on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at noon. A reception will follow. Donations may be made to Jubilee United Church or to CNIB.
We are inviting past and present choir members to join our choir for that day to lead in the hymns (you might also choose to share in a simple anthem). If you are interested in being part of the choir for Helen’s service you can be in touch with Choir Director, Daniel Rubinoff at email@example.com.
BARKER, GARY ARTHUR 1939 to 2017 Passed away on January 20, 2017 at the Toronto Western Hospital following a tragic accident. Gary was a retired educator with the Toronto Board of Education from the years 1959 to 1994. He taught at various schools as a Teacher, Vice Principal and Principal where his love of children and his contribution to their education was evident. Gary loved music and was a longtime member of The Toronto Choristers. He also had a lifelong passion for sports, participating on many teams. Gary was predeceased by his sister Linda and daughter Wendy and will be sadly missed by his children – Christopher, Heather and Evelyn and by his siblings June, George, Ruthann, Wayne and Glen and by his loving partner Mary. A special thank you to Dr. Victoria McCredie, Neurocritical Care, Moe Anderson, Spiritual Care and the dedicated nursing staff in the Neurosurgical ICU. A visitation will be held at McDougall and Brown Funeral Home, 2900 Kingston Road, Scarborough, Ontario, on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. There will also be a visitation from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 2, 2017 at Jubilee United Church, 40 Underhill Drive, Toronto, Ontario, followed by the funeral service. In lieu of flowers a donation may be made to the UHN Toronto and Western Hospital Foundation.
SIMONS, Fred A. January 19, 2017 surrounded by his loving family. Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, January 24th at 1:30 p.m. at the R.S. Kane Funeral Home, 6150 Yonge Street (at Goulding, south of Steeles). If desired, donations to Wellspring Westerkirk House at Sunnybrook would be appreciated.
COUSENS, Rev. John R.
John was a husband, father, grandfather, brother, friend, retired United Church Minister, member of Jubilee United Church and a beloved child of God. After a life well lived, John passed away with his family by his side on Monday, December 26, 2016. He leaves behind his beloved wife of 57 years, Joy (Miller); his daughters, Ruth (Thomas Kingissepp) and Janice (Douglas) Milne; grandchildren, MacGregor and Reaghan; and his brother, Donald. A private family service will be held. There will be no public funeral, but please keep Joy and all of John’s family and friends in your prayers.
GORDON, Joanne Edith. Joanne passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 8, 2016, just a month shy of her 89th birthday. Predeceased by her husband William James Gordon, and survived by her children Anne (Colin) Williamson and Bob Gordon and her beloved grandchildren Craig and Karen Williamson and Josh West-Gordon, her brother John Richardson and her sister Phyllis Lamb.
Joanne completed her RN training at Wellesley Hospital in Toronto and graduated with her classmates in 1949. Following the death of her beloved husband Bill in 1966, she returned to hospital nursing to refresh her skills. She obtained her public health designation and worked with the Victoria Order of Nursing and Cassandra Public School before joining what was then called Ontario Hydro.
Joey was an active member of Donminster United Church (now Jubilee) and a member of the choir for many years. She enjoyed travelling, tennis, golf and bridge with her many friends and neighbours. Her monthly lunches with her former classmates were very special times.
After retiring from Ontario Hydro, she volunteered at Ronald MacDonald House and ushered at Roy Thompson Hall. She also loved music of all kinds, opera and was a longtime patron of the Royal Ontario Ballet.
Friends and family are invited to attend a service on Saturday, October 15th at 12:00 noon at Jubilee Church, 40 Underhill Dr., Toronto, ON. Interment will take place at Park Lawn Cemetery the following week with immediate family.
Donations to Ronald MacDonald House would be appreciated. Online condolences may be made to